Thursday, December 1, 2022

All the Actually Important Stuff Neuralink Just Announced

The most widely tested brain implant is the Utah array—a hard silicon square with 100 tiny protruding needles. Each about a millimeter long, the...

Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of ‘AI Safety’

Since then, the quest to proliferate larger and larger language models has accelerated, and many of the dangers we warned about, such as outputting...

Why China Is Still Stuck in a Zero-Covid Nightmare

Scott Kennedy, senior adviser with the Washington, DC, think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, visited China in October. “When I was there,...

Pliocene-Like Monsoons Are Returning to the American Southwest

Leaf waxes also predate climate records from Antarctic ice cores, which go back only about a million years and require a climate that can support...

Scientists Reexamine Why Zebra Stripes Mysteriously Repel Flies

For the current study, Tombak, then a PhD candidate at Princeton, and her team wanted to test stripe width to see if narrower ones...

The Planet Desperately Needs That UN Plastics Treaty

This week in Uruguay, scientists, environmentalists, and government representatives—and, of course, lobbyists—are gathering to begin negotiations on a United Nations treaty on plastics. It’s only...

The Future of Sex Ed Is the Internet

Compared to a few decades ago, young people have surprisingly less access to high-quality, informative sex education. Typically, human sexuality programs have been the...

The High-Temperature Superconductivity Mystery Is Finally Solved

When electrons couple up, further quantum trickery makes superconductivity unavoidable. Normally, electrons can’t overlap, but Cooper pairs follow a different quantum mechanical rule; they...

The Physics of Scuba Diving

Another unit is the bar, where 1 bar is equal to 14.5 psi. The value of 1 bar is very close to the pressure...

The Geological Fluke That’s Protecting Sea Life in the Galapagos

This story originally appeared in Hakai Magazine and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Pushed by climate change, almost every part of the ocean...

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